Album Preview: Rakim’s “The Seventh Seal”

21 Oct

The Seventh SealThe long-awaited third album from Rakim is almost here. It has been ten years and three labels since he last released an album. Initially, his album was supposed to have been released in 2002 under the title of Oh, My God. Also, during that time, the album was to have been released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.

The release dates came and went, so Rakim decided that it was best for him to leave Aftermath in favor of his own label, Ra Records. He has been sitting back, for the past seven years, working to create the best album that he possibly can. Currently, Rakim has everything in place to make his return to the game.

It is now 2009 and Rakim has emerged from the shadows. Back in July, he released the album’s first single, “Holy Are You,” and just this month, he released the second single, “I Walk These Streets.” For The Seventh Seal, Rakim is going all out with production from Nottz, Ty Fyffe, Jake One, and Nick Wiz.

As far as guest vocals go, Rakim has recorded with Maino, The L.O.X., Busta Rhymes, his daughter, Destiny Griffin, I.Q., Pudgee tha Fat Bastard, and Tay Zonday.

Track Listing:

  1. “How to Emcee”
  2. “I Walk These Streets” featuring Maino
  3. “Documentary of a Gangsta” featuring I.Q.
  4. “Man Above”
  5. “You and I” featuring Tay Zonday
  6. “Won’t Be Long” featuring Pudgee tha Fat Bastard
  7. “Holy Are You”
  8. “Satisfaction Guaranteed”
  9. “Workin’ for You”
  10. “Message In The Song”
  11. “Put It All to Music”
  12. “Psychic Love”
  13. “Still In Love” featuring Busta Rhymes
  14. “Dedicated” featuring Destiny Griffin

The album has all of the right aspects to be a good album. Rakim has done a great job in assembling the latest talent in rap and production. Along with that, he also managed to keep the people that he came into the game with and bringing his family along for the ride.

The themes of the album are the tried and true rap themes of love and life versus wrong and right. But, Rakim is known for a unique way of telling stories, so the album may be a must-listen. With collaborations with such veterans as Busta Rhymes, he draws the rap fan from the 1990s. With collaborations with such newcomers as Maino, he draws the new rap fans in.

Being Rakim, he will draw in the hip hop heads that listen just for the lyrics. This album will also serve as the perfect breeding ground for the new artists that are featured on the album. With everything in place, the exposure is there. If the album is good, there is more exposure. For their own sakes, they had better have done a great job.

Overall, The Seventh Seal sounds like it could be one of the best hip hop albums of 2009. Rakim plans to release his third solo album on November 17, 2009 on Ra Records through Fontana Distribution and the Universal Music Group.

One Response to “Album Preview: Rakim’s “The Seventh Seal””

  1. tayfan2 November 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Wow. This album sounds like it’s going to be great. I can’t wait to hear Tay Zonday’s sinfully deep baritone on “You and I”

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